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Monday, December 25, 2017

UCL-90 M67/UCL-90 LD Underwater Close-up Lens

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of powerful yet user-friendly underwater close-up lenses "UCL-90 M67" (screw mount type)/ "UCL-90 LD" (28LD compatible bayonet type) on December 27th, 2017. The UCL-90 series is designed to use solely underwater (*1) to acquire high quality image from its compact body thanks to HR glass providing long working distance and widely supports from a macro lens for full frame SLR system to a compact digital camera.

(*1) This lens is designed solely for underwater use and using on land will not magnify a subject and will have distortion on image edge or or vignetting etc.

UCL-90 M67 Underwater Close-up Lens
--Release date: December 27th, 2017
--JAN code: 456212143 858 3

UCL-90 LD Underwater Close-up Lens
--Release date: December 27th, 2017
--JAN code: 456212143 859 0

UCL-90 M67
UCL-90 LD
Optional accessories are same as "UCL-67 M67"/"UCL-67 LD". In conjunction with release of this new lens, those accessories have changed their names and JAN/EAN codes as below.

Lens Adapter Ring for UCL-67/90
--Available in the market. *Identical with "Lens Adapter Ring for UCL-67"
Product name and JAN/EAN code has been changed from December 26th, 2017 shipment
--JAN code: 456212143 860 6

M67 Flip Mount Adapter for UCL-67/90
-- Available in the market. *Identical with "M67 Flip Mount Adapter for UCL-67"
Product name and JAN/EAN code has been changed from December 26th, 2017 shipment
--JAN code: 456212143 861 3


Left: Lens Adapter Ring for UCL-67/90
Right: UCL-165M67 stacked on UCL-90 M67 via Lens Adapter Ring for UCL-67/90

Left: M67 Flip Mount Adapter for UCL-67/90
Right: M67 Flip Mount Adapter for UCL-67/90 installed on UCL-90

●Please refer below link pages for detail of "UCL-67 M67"/"UCL-67 LD" close-up lenses that delivers more magnification at +15 diopter.

UCL-67 M67
http://www.inon.jp/products/lens/ucl67m67/top.html
UCL-67 LD
http://www.inon.jp/products/lens/ucl67ld/top.html


■ Product features ■

High Power +11 Close-up Lens
The maximum magnification when using this lens with 100mm range macro lens for a full frame SLR system is x2.23 (area ratio x4.98) (*2) which delivers middle power in between "UCL-67 M67/UCL-67 LD" (+15 diopter) and "UCL-165M67/UCL-165 LD" (+6 diopter). High power close-up lens with underwater focal length of 90mm which is equivalent to +11 diopter.

Long Working Distance for Comfortability
While the UCL-90 delivers high magnification, it still offers long working distance. When using with 100mm range macro lens for a SLR system, working distance (from front edge of the lens surface) is 69mm (*2) at minimum focusing distance.

High Quality All Focus Range
Optically designed sole use underwater (*1) to effectively suppress aberrations in all focus range to deliver high contrast and sharp images despite of shooting distance.

HR Glass for Compact Body
Using HR glass makes lens size compact supporting wide range of camera system from 100mm range macro lens for SLR to compact digital camera (*3). Also compact lens body has less limitation of lighting enabling you to use wide variety of lighting techniques.

Achromat Lens
The lens is consists of 3 elements in 2 groups and effectively suppresses chromatic aberration by using achromat lens inside. Also anti-reflection coating on all lens surfaces suppresses flare/ghost.

Stack Another M67 Lens
Optional "Lens Adapter Ring for UCL-67/90" allows to stack another INON M67 series close-up lens ("UCL-165M67"/"UCL-330" on the front side of UCL-90 for even higher magnification (*4).

Compatible with M67 Flip Adapter
Optional "M67 Flip Mount Adapter for UCL-67/90" is available to replace with original M67/LD mount to attach the lens on flip lens holder from other manufacture such as Nauticam flip holder etc.
(*Not compatible with any flip lens holder with 57mm or less diameter such as SAGA etc. Use the lens as it is without using this optional M67 Flip Mount Adapter for UCL-67/90)
(*Original lens mount is replaceable by a customer using precision Philips screw driver to unscrew fixing screws)

UCL-90 M67 (*1)
Outer diameter/length 70.0mm/2.76in (Dia), 36.4mm/1.43in (L)
Weight 322g/11.4oz (air) / approx. 214g/7.5oz (underwater)
Mount system INON M67 Mount
Depth rating 60m/197ft
Material/surface finishing Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy/rigid black alumite
Lens material/coating Optical glass/anti-reflection coating
Construction2 groups 3  elements
Focal length (*5) 90mm/3.54in (underwater)

UCL-90 LD (*1)
Outer diameter/length 75.2mm/2.96in (Dia), 36.4mm/1.43in (L)
Weight 311g/11.0oz (air) / approx. 202g/7.1oz (underwater)
Mount system INON 28LD Mount
Depth rating 60m/197ft
Material/surface finishing Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy/rigid black alumite, POM
Lens material/coating Optical glass/anti-reflection coating
Construction 2 groups 3 elements
Focal length (*5) 90mm/3.54in (underwater)

(*2)
When using for AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

(*3)
Usable zoom range is between 60mm and 100mm (35mm film equivalent). Beyond this range, there will be vignetting at wider side and deteriorated image quality at telephoto side.

(*4)
Any other higher magnification close-up lens, "UCL-67 M67" or "UCL-100M67" (discontinued) are not recommended due to degradation of image quality.

(*5)
Focal length of "UCL-90 M67"/"UCL-90 LD" standalone and not combined focal length with camera’s master lens.


■ Compatible lens ■
•60mm-100mm range macro lens for full-frame digital SLR (*6)
•40mm-60mm range macro lens for APS-C (*6)
•45mm-60mm range macro lens (*6), standard zoom lens (*3) for mirrorless camera
•Compact digital camera with maximum optical zoom 5x or less (*3).

(*6)
Vignetting may be observed using for a housing system which has significantly long distance between camera master lens and port lens surface or this product and port.



■ Set-up example ■

UCL-90 M67 on Olympus E-M1 Mark II/PT-EP14 via lens port PP0-EP03


UCL-90 LD on Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II/WP-DC55 via INON LD Lens Adapter Base DC54/55


UCL-90 M67 on SONY DSC-RX100M5/MPK-URX100A


■ UCL-90 M67 Sample images ■



--Subject: Japanese inflator filefish
--Equipment :
Canon EOS6D/X-2 for EOS6D, EF100mm F2.8 Macro USM, S-2000 Strobe x2
--Photo data:
[Left] Without close-up lens
Manual exposure mode (F11, 1/60, ISO1600), S-2000: Manual, photo taken at minimum focusing distance
[Right] With UCL-90 M67
Manual exposure mode (F11, 1/60, ISO1600), S-2000: Manual, photo taken at minimum focusing distance
--Photo by: R. Hattori (INON INC.) at "Wannai", Osezaki, Shizuoka, Japan


--Subject : Redfin velvetfish
--Equipment :
Canon EOS6D/X-2 for EOS6D, EF100mm F2.8L Macro USM, S-2000 Strobe x2
--Photo data :
[Left] Without close-up lens
Manual exposure mode (F9, 1/200, ISO400), S-2000: S-TTL Auto mode, photo taken at minimum focusing distance
[Right] With UCL-90 M67
Aperture priority mode (F9, 1/200, ISO400), S-2000: S-TTL Auto, photo taken at minimum focusing distance
--Photo by: R. Hattori (INON INC.) at Kawana, Shizuoka, Japan


--Subject : Emperor shrimp
--Equipment:
Canon EOS6D/X-2 for EOS6D, EF100mm F2.8 Macro USM, S-2000 Strobe x2
--Photo data:
Manual exposure mode (F16, 1/200, ISO200), S-2000: S-TTL Auto, photo taken at minimum focusing distance
--Photo by: R. Hattori (INON INC.) at "Sentan" Osezaki, Shizuoka, Japan



■ Relative Information ■

•M67 series attachment lens UCL-330 Close-up Lens
http://www.inon.jp/products/lens/ucl330/top.html

•M67 series attachment lens UCL-165 M67 Close-up Lens
http://www.inon.jp/products/lens/ucl165m67/top.html

•Lens options
http://www.inon.jp/products/lens/option.html


December 25th, 2017
INON INC.


*Press release information is as of December 25th, 2017 and subject to change without prior notice.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Z-330 Strobe

Guide Number 33 and UNDERWATER coverage 110 degree without diffuser.
The next generation new "Z-330" strobe has built-in optically designed dome lens offering both high power and wide coverage without any diffuser which can sacrifice power, is released on December 24, 2017.


Z-330
--Release date: December 24th, 2017
--JAN code: 456212143 851 4

Front/side/back





■ Z-330 Features ■

Powerful G.N. 33 and UNDERWATER coverage 110 degree
Yet lightweight and compact body, the Z-330 is designed to produce G.N. 33.
Precisely designed front dome lens (*1) together with INON’s unique "T shape twin flash" widens powerful strobe light without sacrifice any power to accomplish UNDERWATER coverage circular 110 degree.

Not as like a conventional translucent diffuser which can widen coverage while it has to sacrifice power and store heat inside, this specially designed dome lens diffuse light thanks to reflection ratio of air, acrylic and water to attain UNDERWATER coverage 110 degree with all powerful output coming through.

Z-330 front dome lens

Further more, the Z-330 has overcame drawback of high-power strobe which has long flash duration and reaches to FULL power after start flashing in significantly short period of time.
Together with flashing system in sync with pre-flash and main flash of camera’s built-in flash, the Z-330 can deliver full dump even at 1/1000 high shutter speed setting without cutting power

(*1) PAT. P on the dome lens system to widen underwater coverage.


Bundled "Strobe Light Shade" to prevent shining camera lens
The "Strobe Light Shade" is bundled to cut a part of strobe light to benefit not shining camera lens directly to dramatically suppress ghost or flare and backscatter when the strobe is located to close to a lens port.
The part of shade rotates 360 degree. Intuitive operation with light clicks offers comfortable adjustment even underwater.

Strobe Light Shade is removable

The shade goes to any position.


Radiation system to release generated heat inside
The Z-330 strobe is equipped with circular metal heatsink carrying high thermal conductivity around light emitting area. The heatsink is directly connected to inner circuit component to release generated heat from strobe usage effectively.
Improved heat tolerance has resolved heat problem typically accompanied with powerful strobe. No stress with sudden stop of flashing to cool down.


220 lumen, Shutter-linked AUTO OFF Focus Light
The built-in "Shutter-linked Auto-Off Focus Light" delivers 220lm brightness to support when focusing a subject and cease in synch with the shutter release and automatically turns ON again.
To aim optical axis of the Focus Light in line with strobe light’s optical axis, the Focus Light has a fresnel lens in front supporting more accurate strobe aiming and improved usability.


Left: Z-330 Focus Light trajectory (underwater).
Right: Z-240 Focus Light trajectory (underwater).



Conspicuous Phosphorescence Back Panel and Improved Intuitive Control Dials
Using white base high-intensity phosphorescence material for the back panel to improve visibility both during day and night dive.

Left: Back panel (daytime)
Right: Back panel (night time when emitting light)

Also control dials are enlarged for user-friendly controllability even through thick gloves during cold water diving.

Large Main Mode Switch, EV Control Switch


S-TTL Auto /13 Steps Manual Flash Mode
INON’s unique accurate auto exposure system "S-TTL" has been further evolved. Accuracy of exposure is advanced providing more accurate exposure.
In addition, optimized high performance slave sensor never miss camera’s trigger signal even faint or partially damaged fiber optics cable can trigger the strobe to offer faultless triggering.

Precised 1/2EV. increments 13 steps Manal flash control is onboard to support professional use.


Wide Variety of Dome Filters
The Z-330 strobe has a bayonet system to hold a strobe dome filter to attach/remove easily.
Besides bundled "Strobe Dome Filter SOFT" to protect dome lens surface and soften strobe light, optional "Strobe Dome Filter ND" which steps down at -4EV, "Strobe Dome Filter [4600K]" which changes native color temperature to 4600K and "Strobe Dome Filter [4900K]" which changes to 4900K will be available in 2018.


Strobe Dome Filter Soft (*2)
-- Bundled accessory

Strobe Dome Filter ND (*2)
-- To be released in 2018
-- JAN code: 456212143 862 0

Strobe Dome Filter [4600K] (*2)
-- To be released in 2018
-- JAN code: 456212143 864 4

Strobe Dome Filter [4900K] (*2)
-- To be released in 2018
-- JAN code: 456212143 863 7

Left: Bundled Strobe Dome Filter SOFT.
Right: The Strobe Dome Filter SOFT installed on the Z-330.


Left: Optional Strobe Dome Filter ND
Center: Optional Strobe Dome Filter [4600K]
Right: Optional Strobe Dome Filter [4900K]
(*2) Strobe Dome Filters are designed to use for "Z-330" only and not usable for any other strobes.


Both Optical/Electrical Trigger Supported
The Z-330 is equipped with Nikonos type 5 pin sync connector as well as slave sensor to trigger optically to adopt wide variety of camera system.

Left: Optical cable connection
Right: Electrical cable connection



Z-330Specifications
http://www.inon.co.jp/cgis/news/img/Z-330_spec_201712_En.pdf
[PDF:13KB]


December 15, 2017
INON INC.



*Press release information is as of December 15, 2017 and subject to change without prior notice.

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